Thursday, 29 April 2021
Department of Health
I recognise the significant impact that the restrictions on weddings have had on people given the importance and significance of such a special occasion. However, Level 5 restrictive measures currently remain in place. Any measures introduced at any level of the Plan are aimed at limiting the spread and damage of COVID-19 and are necessary to protect our key priorities of supporting and maintaining health and social care services, keeping education and childcare services open and protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities.
The Government announced a phased easing of some restrictions over April in recognition of the significant impact that the extended period of Level 5 restrictions is having on people. The focus of this easing of measures is on enabling more outdoor activities in order to improve the health and wellbeing of society.
The situation will be subject to ongoing review taking account of the evolving epidemiological situation, the impact of the reopening of priority services, and available evidence in relation to vaccine deployment, uptake and effectiveness. The NPHET and the Government will consider the position again later this week and it is anticipated that a roadmap for the further easing of measures over the coming months will be agreed, including in relation to weddings and hospitality.
Significant progress has been made on suppressing the virus due to the huge effort of our citizens. By working together, we have saved lives and limited the impact of the disease on society in Ireland. We all must continue to do everything possible to avoid the virus spreading.
The Government's guidelines for weddings at all levels of the Framework are available at:
134. To ask the Minister for Health the procedures in place in circumstances in which a person is unable to attend a Covid-19 appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22499/21]
I understand the deputy is referring to an appointment for a COVID-19 Vaccination.
As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.